Baroque Garden Much?


I have visited the magnificent Fredriksborg Castle (Hillerød, Denmark) a couple times already – but have yet to visit the fabulous Castle Garden – until today!

 I have presented the Castle already in this post: Help! I’m locked in a beautiful castle! Here you can read a lil about the history of he Castle, and see lots of photos from the interior.

 To the east of the Castle, you find the Baroque Park with waterfalls. It was originally created by the court gardener Johan Cornelius Krieger for King Frederick IV in the early 1720s. The garden was maintained until the beginning of the 19th century, and then abandoned. The shrubs grew wild but the paths and terraces could still be seen.

 In 1993 it was decided to recreate the park in its original style. Now known as Kaskaderne (The Cascades), it was reopened in 1996 with a multitude of new shrubs and trees, making it Denmark’s most notable Baroque garden. I have tried to capture both the Castle, details from the park and the frail flowers.

As a Cherry On Top, you can take a little ferry across the lake from downtown Hillerød, in the summer.

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Help! I’m locked in a beautiful castle!


… Said no one ever! (Except, when you read up on history of Royalty, it becomes quite apparent that quite a few people has uttered those exact word through history, being held captive by the inbred lunatics of Monarchy.)

Hillerød is a town in Denmark with a population of 31500 (2015), some 30 kilometers north of Copenhagen (the capital). King Christian IV built a castle in Hillerød between 1602 and 1625 (replacing an older castle acquired by his father Frederick II).  I will not go too much into the line of Danish Royalty in this post, because it is just confusing that they are all named Frederick or Christian –  or both (for example, the current crown prince is named Frederik André Henrik Christian).

Fredericksborg Castle was the first Danish castle to be built purely for recreational purposes rather than for defence. The castle is built in the Dutch Renaissance style, and it was the largest renaissance building in Scandinavia. Concecrated in 1617, the chapel is the best preserved part of the complex, having largely escaped the fires that has partially runined the castle. The most significant artifact in the chapel is the organ, built in 1610. It is the oldest organ in Denmark and has 1001 wooden pipes, and is richly decorated with ebony, ivory and silver.

 

In 1878 the castle was turned into a Museum and was opened to the public in 1882. As long as you visit during opening hours, you will not be met by locked doors at this castle.

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